What is your most memorable wedding?
My most memorable wedding has to be a wedding held on Friday the 13th at Malmesbury Abbey House and Gardens. The theme of the wedding was Alice in Wonderland and all of the guests were asked to come in fancy dress. The costumes were amazing! It was the hottest day of the year and everyone was melting but a great time was still had by all.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Relaxed, natural, creative, fun, unobtrusive.
What about your business are you most proud of?
I work hard to provide every single Bride and Groom the best service I can offer. Whether they go for a small package or the biggest package around, every wedding gets the same care and attention.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Get your photographer booked not long after your venue. I have some bookings up to 2 years in advance so to avoid disappointment, book when you can!
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
My favourite personal touch as to be when a Bride has spent all the hours in the world creating little things herself. Whether it's for budget reasons or not, it's really lovely to see.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
I'd like to think that the process I go through with my couples is relatively simple. We would meet (usually at my studio) to discuss the details of their day and to tailor their chosen package to fit. They also have an opportunity to view sample albums and see details of my work. At this point we would also fill out a few bits of paper work and sign a contract. If it is not possible to meet to do this, it can be done via e-mail or over the phone. Once their retainer fee has then been received we arrange a date for their engagement photo shoot. This can be done either in their choice of a local outdoor location or my studio. I then contact the couple 4 weeks before the big day to finalise the timing details and for payment of their balance. In between, they always know that I am only on the other end of the phone or e-mail. After the wedding, we arrange for the couple to come to the studio about 2 -3 weeks later to view their photos for the first time. At this meeting we will then go through their album options and make a final decision on colours and materials. I would then go away and design the album based on the last meeting and send proofs via e-mail about 1-2 weeks later for the couple to approve. Once any changes have been made and the couple are 100% happy with the album it then goes off to be printed in the Italian studio. About 4-6 weeks later the album arrives and I personally deliver it to the couple and wish them a long and happy life together.
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
Photos are precious memories, everyone of them just as important as the other. If there was just one photo, it would have to be close family and friends. You never know when it may be too late for this photo to be taken again.
What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?
The most original photo has to be a detailed shot of the grooms braces as the ones he was wearing were a tribute to his late Grandfather.
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
The only element of the big day that can not be booked in advance! Most venues have locations that photos can be taken inside. If they don't then we can take advantage of the church or even nip outside in between the showers!
Describe how you got into photography.
I have loved photography from a young age, ever since my Father placed his camera in my hand. Back in 2011 my husband suggested that I go for it professionally as our kids were growing up and it was my turn to do something for me. So I found a local photography tutor who taught me everything photography related, from practical to business, everything was covered. The rest as they say is history!